in the worst way
- (chiefly US and Canada, idiomatic) Urgently; desperately; to an extreme degree.
- I need a drink of water in the worst way.
- 2008 March 17, Kady O'Malley, "Wake me up when it’s — what’s the opposite of ‘over’?," Macleans (Canada) (retrieved 27 Dec 2016):
- Man, I need a life in the worst way.
- 2010 Feb. 11, T. Coraghessan Boyle, "Excerpt: Wild Child," New York Times (retrieved 27 Dec 2016):
- I wanted this to work in the worst way because my reputation was on the line here. . . .
- 2012 May 25, Hunter Felt, "NBA playoffs preview," Guardian (UK) (retrieved 27 Dec 2016):
- Stern as well as assorted television executives needed a game seven in the worst way, and "the worst way" might be how they're getting one.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see in, the, worst, way.
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